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Family Packing Tips: Know Before You Go

Planning a trip is stressful, but planning a family trip with kids takes it to another level. Packing for a trip with kids means more clothes, a variety of toys, and the need for new packing strategies. As a parent you need to have a game plan in place. There are things you will need to do before you go, things you will have to pack in your suitcase, and things you will need on the plane. Here are our family packing tips for what to do before you go!

Our Family Packing Tips


1. Plan to stay at a hotel/bed & breakfast with a washing machine (a dryer is a bonus) 

Our first family packing tip is an important one. Nobody really wants to do laundry while on vacation, but if it saves on paying checked bag fees, why not? Use sites like to find lodging with laundry options or Flipkey to find apartments.


2. Make copies of your documents

family packing tips

Before you set off for your trip, be sure to make copies of your passports, drivers license and credit cards (front and back!) Email a copy to yourself and to your spouse’s phone so you will have copies in case the originals are stolen, lost, or misplaced.


3. Create a packing list for each child 

woman writing notes


Our 3rd family packing tip will help your family pack on time and properly. Have your child lay out their clothes. Make it simple: (2) t-shirts, (2) shorts, (2) pairs of underwear, swimsuit, pajamas, (2) socks, etc. We usually take five full outfits for a two week vacation because we know we will wash them. Kids can help from a very early age and allowing them to help gets them excited about the trip.


4. Check the weather 

This will dictate what items you should be packing and prevent you from packing non-essentials. It helps to be prepared for any type of weather!



Kirsten Maxwell, Kids Are a Trip | 12/7/17

I’m Kirsten, owner of the travel blog Kids Are A Trip. I’m a wife and mom to three active boys and a very loving Bernedoodle. Arizona born, I barely survive our Chicago winters. A bilingual teacher of Puerto Rican descent, I love learning about other cultures around the world. Join us as we share our travel adventures and tips, including the challenge of traveling with a child with food allergies. So pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and find some inspiration for your next family trip and visit


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